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Housing Supply Challenge: Round 3 - Northern Access

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Portrait of Bill Semple

Bill Semple

Bill is a designer, researcher, builder and consultant whose work focuses on the design and development of culturally appropriate, sustainable housing and communities across the Canadian north and Alaska. Placing a strong emphasis on community engagement and the use of a design process that is geared towards the needs of remote northern Indigenous communities, Bill facilitates design workshops that engage a wide range of community members to discuss issues and share/develop ideas on the design and construction of culturally appropriate, super energy efficient northern housing. Bill has more than 20 years experience working on projects across the Canadian north and Alaska, developing a body of work which he has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and universities in the Circumpolar north.

With a strong interest in building northern capacity in the areas of design and research, Bill co-teaches a course in ‘Sustainable Building in Extreme Environments’ at the Denmark Technical University in Copenhagen (Sisimiut Greenland campus) and is an external supervisor and evaluator in the Doctor of Design programme in Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary. Bill is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in Fairbanks Alaska, is a Research Associate with the Arctic Institute of North America, and is a member of the Indigenous Task Force of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada (RAIC). In addition to his work in the far north, he continues to carry out design and consulting work with Tibetan communities in northern India. Issues of sustainability, both cultural and environmental, are significant drivers of his work.

Bill has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Masters in Environmental Design (Architecture) from the University of Calgary and a PhD (Human Ecology) from the University of Alberta.

Portrait of Susane Havelka

Susane Havelka

Dr. Susane Havelka is an Architect and Postdoctoral Fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research spans social, economic and technical domains to develop and establish sustainable, culturally appropriate housing strategies through community engagement and collaborative methodologies. Her work specializes in extreme climate construction using suitable materials and simple sustainable technologies and building systems. Following her studies in Engineering and Design at MIT and Architecture at Columbia University, she worked for 20 years at architectural firms in Osaka, Toronto, New York, Berlin and Prague on a wide variety of creative housing challenges. She was awarded her doctorate by McGill University after dissertation research documenting the constructions of a flourishing self-building tradition in Canada’s Eastern Arctic. Since then, Susane’s focus has been to enable affordable, responsive building systems using local resources while leveraging traditional expertise and a well-established self-building culture. With the Minimum Cost Housing Group at McGill University, her work with the community of Kuujjuaq led to a National Urban design Award. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow Susane examines the links between self-building and well-being in Northern remote communities of Greenland and Canada. Susane is currently a co-researcher on two pan-national research projects with SSHRC/CMHC and ArcticNet aimed at eliminating housing insecurity in the North.

Portrait of Susane Havelka

Bonita Nowell

Bonita Nowell is an award-winning collaborator, public policy and post-secondary program manager, a seasoned professional and Northern subject matter expert in public procurement, supply chain management and program management, demonstrated by her experience and professional designations as Certified Professional Purchaser (C.P.P) and Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP). She is a family historian and a sixth generation Indigenous Northerner,

Bonita achieves success for organizations with compassion and a personal standard of excellence. She maintains professional memberships with Supply Chain Canada and the Project Management Institute, and draws upon her creative strengths in planning activities. In addition, Ms. Nowell is a leader in the supply chain management profession in Canada, representing the three Northern Territories as President of Supply Chain Canada Northern Territories Institute and as a member of the Federation Council.

Her story is featured in the October 2021 issue of Supply Professional Magazine

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Dr. Boualem Ouazia

Dr. Boualem Ouazia is a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council Canada, with a strong expertise in the areas of residential and commercial buildings HVAC, ventilation and indoor air quality (IAQ). He has led several research and applied R&D projects (>45 projects) related to HVAC systems, Ventilation/air distribution systems, heat and energy recovery ventilation systems, Northern housing, thermal comfort, field intervention and monitoring techniques. Dr. Ouazia has been a community infrastructure thrust lead for NRC’s Arctic Program (2015-2020) to lead research related to ventilation of Northern Housing, and now he is the housing technical lead for the new NRC’s Arctic and Northern Challenge program. Dr. Ouazia is very active on the national and international stage through a robust record of publications as well as a full range of technology transfer activities.

Portrait of Gerald Anderson

Gerald Anderson

Gerald has over 40 years experience working with the federal government, industry, and the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2018, Gerald retired from the position of Director of Development and Engagement with the Marine Institute (Vice-President’s Office) with responsibility for business development, government relations, public engagement, northern affairs (circumpolar), aboriginal affairs, and alumni affairs and advancement (fundraising).

Gerald has traveled extensively with the Marine Institute, including in Canada’s north, all circumpolar countries, the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa (limited), Central America, South America and the Caribbean. From 2015 until retiring in 2018 Gerald served as Vice-President (Indigenous) with the University of the Arctic, a network university with 180 members.

In 2015, Gerald was the recipient of the Indspire Award (formally called the National Aboriginal Leadership Award). Gerald is an Ambassador with the Arctic Inspiration Prize. Gerald has expertise in Board Governance having served and continuing to serve on several Boards. Gerald just finished a five-year term with the Board of Polar Knowledge Canada, and is currently a member of the Board of Smart Ice, and a Commissioner with the Independent Appointments Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Portrait of Oliver Drerup

Oliver Drerup

Oliver Drerup is among the most experienced experts both domestically and internationally in promoting innovation and best practices in the design, construction and renovation of housing. He has spent more than five decades challenging conventional industry practices and championing better methods to create more energy efficient, comfortable, healthier and durable homes. Extensive international experience with a demonstrated ability to work effectively and creatively with builders, developers, industry and professional associations, research organizations, different levels of government, regulatory agencies and educational institutions.

Oliver is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Cold Climate Housing Research Centre in Fairbanks, Alaska as well as an original trainer for The Alaska Craftsman Home Program. He has delivered building projects and training courses throughout the Canadian North. Most recently, Oliver has been involved in a housing needs assessment for the Government of Nunatsiavut.

Portrait of Oliver Drerup

Stephen van Dine

Stephen Van Dine is Senior Vice President of Public Sector Governance at the lOG. ln his role, responsible for overseeing the IOG's broad public sector governance practice, which includes governance advisory, research on public governance principles and practices and instruction.

Born in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Stephen attended high school in the Northwest Territories and began his career as a community planner with the City of Yellowknife and later with the Government of the Northwest Territories, Department of Municipal and Community Affairs. ln 1997, he began working at lndigenous and Northern Affairs Canada's Yellowknife Regional Office, transferring to the National Capital Region in 2002. Since then, Stephen has led a number of program, policy, and legislative sustainable development initiatives with respect to Northern governance, the Arctic, the Devolution of Land and Resource Management Responsibilities in the Northwest Territories, the implementation and modification of the Nutrition North Canada program, and the lnuit Nunangat Declaration. Stephen also oversaw the construction of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station, and supported the legislation to establish Polar Knowledge Canada. He served as Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada’s Champion for the Committee of Aboriginal and Native Employment. More recently, Stephen has been working on a long term asset sustainability strategy for Parks Canada Agency along with overseeing critical corporate functions with respect to information Technology, Cabinet, and Regulatory Business, Asset Management, and Security.

Stephen holds a Master’s in Public Administration from Queen’s University and a degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University. Stephen recently completed an Executive Certificate in Energy and the Environment from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Shashi Shahi, Ph.D.

Dr. Shashi Shahi’s research focuses on Supply Chain and Operations Management issues of the Canadian industry, with particular emphasis on handling the supply and demand uncertainties using simulation-based optimization models. Dr. Shahi specializes in integrating the entire supply chain and studies the impact of sustainable supply chain management practices on firm performance. His research work on sustainable supply chain management with First Nation communities focuses on developing renewable energy simulation models for their economic development, ensuring environmental sustainability and societal acceptance. Dr. Shahi has developed bootstrap data envelopment analysis operations management models for analyzing the relative technical efficiencies and understanding the intra-industry meta-frontiers in the Canadian industries. His current research focuses on integrating the quantitative and qualitative sustainable supply chain management models with artificial neural networks for the best performance modeling of the industry. At Yukon University, Dr. Shahi works on solving unique northern business problems, supporting local innovation, increasing student research capacity, and building a stronger, more resilient North. He has developed Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (ARIMA) models, Vector Error Correction (VEC) models, and Artificial Neural Network (ANN) models for manpower demand forecasting in the Yukon Territory.

Portrait of Sheila Downer

Sheila Downer

Sheila Downer (Masters Technology Management Candidate (2022), Memorial University of Newfoundland) has lived and worked in Labrador for more than 37 years and is a strong advocate for the development of rural, Northern and coastal communities. Ms. Downer has worked as part of a team throughout Labrador to build local knowledge, skills and effective tools to support the way people live, work and do business in Northern communities, and she has been actively involved in a wide range of community, regional and international organizations. Ms. Downer’s work has primarily been focused in Labrador’s municipal, business, education, health, tourism and regional development sectors and has been supported with experience in providing project partnership, regional network development and ICT services internationally. She currently works with the Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Harris Centre and Office of Public Engagement as the Strategic Northern Liaison, and she also serves as the Vice President of Finance, Development and Engagement for the University of the Arctic. Ms. Downer has been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs and is an active leader in many volunteer capacities on a local, regional and provincial basis, including SmartIce, International Grenfell Association, Labrador North Chamber of Commerce and University of PEI Institute of Island Studies Advisory Board.

Portrait of Carly van de Pol

Carly van de Pol

Carly has over 20 years of experience in supply chain management with a background in purchasing, international logistics, inventory management and software applications. She worked in a diversity of industries, namely distribution, automotive manufacturing, pharmaceutical manufacturing, distribution, and oil & gas.

Her focus over the last few years is helping small and medium sized companies to set up their end-to-end Supply Chain as well as improving established companies to improve their business processes through enhancements in technology.

Carly holds a Master’s in Business Administration, Bachelor of International Business and is certified in Logistics, Transportation and Distribution (CLTS) from APICS.

Portrait of Andy Moorhouse

Andy Moorhouse

Andy Moorhouse has worked in leadership for more than 20 years in various capacities, managed groups under a non-for-profit organization, elected in various capacities such as Mayor of the Northern Village of Inukjuak with a population of more than 1,800 as well as designed, developed and managed programs with more than $ 10 Million in annual funding. Currently, the Executive Vice President responsible for Economic Development of Makivik Corporation, where he is manages Economic Development opportunities in Nunavik and develop the support network for the business community to ensure succeeding in a challenging environment. Andy was also Executive Director for the Inuulitsivik Health Center, managing a central hospital in Puvirnituq as well as 6 satellite CLSC’s on the Hudson Bay Coast from the communities of Kuujjuaraapik to Salluit. Where he was managing a combined staff of more than 1,000 with an operating budget of more than $ 140 Million.

I take on challenges with stride and gather possible solutions to ensure the best option is summarized and implemented. He is able and open in working with others and I go the extra mile to get the job done efficiently and effectively.

An avid hunter who enjoys camping on the land for subsistence living. Living a partly traditional lifestyle where country food is an important source of our diet and also ensure that he teaches his children that traditional lifestyle he was taught by my family and friends.

Portrait of Kayhan Nadji

Kayhan Nadji

Kayhan Nadji Holds a Master of Architectural and Urban Planning and has many years of experience in architectural design, urban planning, and project management and administration.

Contribution to Northern Architecture.

Based in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and operating in one of the world’s most remote regions, Kayhan Nadji is passionate about creating designs which respect local culture and traditions. He regularly works with remote indigenous communities to create spaces where they can comfortably work to achieve the goals of their people. Kayhan has spent significant time learning about the unique culture of indigenous communities for more than 30 years and to bring the indigenous architecture to contemporary architecture.


Architectural Awards

His design of TIPI house has won a national merit award in 2000, organized by Design Exchange magazine, and the Regional Merit Award in 2013 for the design of Sombak’e Civic Plaza in Yellowknife. His sensitivity to indigenous culture has contributed to high standard of design for many indigenous communities around the North.

Portrait of Kayhan Nadji

Judith Bosire

Judith is an economist with over 10 years of experience delivering research, analysis and strategic advice to governments and agencies, associations, private sector, and Indigenous communities on issues at the intersection of policy, social and economic development, and strategy.

Based in Iqaluit, NU, Judith is currently the Regional Manager of Operations for the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) overseeing and implementing projects and other initiatives to support economic development across Nunavut.

Her prior professional experiences include Deloitte Canada as a senior economist leading teams across the national platform to deliver large-scale projects; MNP as an economic consultant providing research and advisory services to private sector government and Indigenous communities; The Firelight Group as a socio-economic researcher supporting Indigenous communities and governments on economic development initiatives; and Merrill Lynch on Wall Street.

With demonstrated experience in managing regional and national initiatives centered on the state of the Canadian economy as well as lived experience working on economic development issues in the North, Judy brings expertise in providing an economic lens to issues impacting remote regions and Indigenous communities unique to Nunavut and the Canadian North.

Judy also serves on various board of directors across Canada and delegates on various industry and federal tables on Nunavut economic development including the Nunavut Labour Market Forum; Nunavut Economic Development Association webinars; EntrepreNorth panel, etc.

Portrait of Kayhan Nadji

Sandra Turner

Sandra brings over 30 years of direct housing experience in Canada’s Northern Territories. Her career started in the Baffin District of Nunavut in 1990, then to the South Slave District where she managed programs and direct delivery. She then moved to NWTHC’s headquarters where she contributed to the development of programs and policy. In 1998 she became the first Corporate Representative with CMHC for NWT and Nunavut representing all business lines. She delivered programs under the National Housing Strategy in all 3 territories up until her time of retirement in 2020. She now represents the North on the Board for the Community Housing Transformation Fund along with local boards, and a part time position as Executive Director of Special Olympics N.W.T. in her home community of Yellowknife.

Portrait of Madeleine Redfern

Madeleine Redfern

Madeleine Redfern is an Indigenous woman involved in high-tech and innovation. Actively involved in transformative technologies in telecommunications, transportation and energy.Currently Madeleine is the President of Amautiit: Nunavut Inuit Women’s Association, President of Ajungi Consulting Group; Chair of Nunavut Legal Services Board; Advisor to Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Trudeau Foundation Board Member (former Trudeau Foundation Mentor); Co-Chair with Gordon Munk Arctic Security Program; Board member of Maliiganik Legal Aid. Madeleine is from Iqaluit, Nunavut and a graduate of the Akitsiraq Law School with an LLB from the University of Victoria. She was the first Inuk to be given a Supreme Court of Canada clerkship.

As a businesswoman and a strong social advocate for transformative initiatives, Madeleine has a great deal of governance and volunteer experience with Indigenous and Inuit organizations, including, but not limited to, Inuit Non-Profit Housing Corporation; Tungasuvvingat Inuit Community Centre, and one of the founding members of Wabano Aboriginal Health Centre and Inuit Head Start in Ottawa. Madeleine was also the executive director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, a commission that reviewed the “effects of federal government policies on Eastern Arctic Inuit” between the 1950s and 1980s.

Madeleine's advocacy, professional, and governance work shown my dedication and passion towards the development and delivery of programs assisting Indigenous, Inuit, northerners and Canadians that reflect their values, needs, and priorities. Madeleine received the Indspire Award for Public Service to acknowledge and celebrate all her hard work, commitment and contributions.

Challenge details

Key Dates

  • Launch: February 23, 2022
  • Initial Submissions: June 23, 2022, 2pm EST
  • Shortlisted: September 2022
  • Stage 2 Final Submissions: September 2023
  • Funded Solutions Announced: November 2023

Funding Allocation

  • Stage 1 – Incubation Funding for prototyping: Shortlisted teams will each receive up to $250k
  • Stage 2 – Implementation Funding: Selected solutions will share a pool of $75M

Who can apply

Lead Applicant must be a legal entity duly incorporated and validly existing in Canada, including :

  • Supply chain professionals
  • For-profit and not-for-profit organizations (ie: companies, associations, research centres)
  • Indigenous governments, organizations and groups
  • Canadian post-secondary institutions
  • Government (Provincial, territorial, Indigenous, municipal, local, and regional)
  • Teams composed of a variety of participants

* All participants must be affiliated with a legally incorporated organization